Top musicians form Mamas New Bag
as Geordie bows out of Rose Tattoo
FORMER Rose Tattoo bass player Geordie Leach is set to launch the debut album for his new band, Mamas New Bag at the Gold Coast’s Coolangatta Hotel on July 13.
Geordie is best known for playing bass in Rose Tattoo for the past three decades. He has the reputation as a respected and revered musician amongst his peers and is known as a `mighty player’ to his fans, who you will find all over the world.
In a shock move, after 30 years in such a highly successful iconic band, Geordie is leaving Rose Tattoo to – as he puts it – creatively express himself through his new band, effectively building on a success that saw well over 150,000 album sales and entry into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
He now turns his hands and instrument into a fine tuned craft – bringing his talent, energy and advanced playing to the newly formed Mamas New Bag.
Geordie handpicked the lead singer Andrea Szabo after working with her live on the Gold Coast. It proved to be a fertile connection resulting in the birth and subsequent growth of Mamas New Bag, which has a new, dynamic and sizzling rhythm and blues sound.
“We are so much more than just music,” said vocalist Andrea Szabo. “ It really is a show band. My history is in jazz and floor shows so I can’t help but animate the stage with the eclecticism of all that. It’s all driven by Geordies originality, talent, and inspiration. We are so lucky to have such a man and musician as him … The blues have never been more alive.”
Geordie Leach has pulled together an eclectic group of accomplished musicians for his new CD. The include Andy Thompson (Moving Pictures), Ray Oliver (Black Feather), Dave Hogan (Blues Hangover), Jackie McDonald, Terry Gascoigne (Renee Geyer). It’s a rare combination of members that have a wealth of experience in all aspects of the music industry and musicianship, ensuring they stand together to deliver a strong, dynamic and powerful show.
Mamas New Bag launch their new album CD at Coolangatta Hotel on July 13 supported by Local talent Moo Moo Pappa. Doors open 8pm. Ticket price includes album.
NEW ALBUM LAUNCH
Mamas New Bag – Self titled CD – Release Date: July 13, 2013
Venue: Coolangatta Hotel (Gold Coast)
IT’s not every day a CD encapsulates the classic essence of fine Rhythm and Blues as well as straight shooting blues music and musicianship. This quintessential band is comprised of some of the finest musicians working in Australia today.
Vocalist Andrea Szabo always has presented a strong, clear, soulful voice and a versatile style both as a vocalist and performer. This is all reflected on the CD. Tasteful, gritty, hard-hitting and engaging is one way to describe this albums vocalist.
Amazing and creative is such an understatement when it comes to the players. They are no stranger to the stage. The musicians are all top notch. Geordie Leach (Rose Tattoo) on Bass. Terry Gascoigne – drummer for Richard Clapton, Renee Geyer, and supported America & the Rolling Stones on tour. The sax player Andy Thompson originally in Moving pictures , Elton John; Guitarists Ray Oliver –Black Feather; Jackie MacDonald – The Mexican; and Harpist Dave Hogan – Southern Lightning.
This is more of a cross over CD then the straight ahead jazz CD `Transit’ Andrea last produced as a solo artist in 2007. It focuses on obscure Blues and R&B covers but houses a gem of an original written by her `Hard Headed Woman’. She includes some backing vocals on several numbers, and you can definitely feel the touch of excellence in production.
Produced by Geordie Leach himself, the album reflects his 30 years’ experience in a recording studio. He has worked on both sides of the desk which has given him the insight to make this CD what it is today. It has been mastered by none other than Australia’s most exçlusive production talent Michael Letho known for his work on ‘Rock Wiz’, ‘The Voice’ and many, if not most, Australian cinema sound tracks.
“The blues is back with this well Mastered , gritty new release. It’s scorchin’ . Turn up the volume,” said Helen Simons, of JazzXpress radio.
A thoroughly enjoyable set of songs with highlights such as the soaring jazzy ballad ‘Love and glory’, the bluesy ‘Wrong number’, and the straight, but powerful 12 bar blues ‘Sky is crying’. Engaging and lively songs like ‘T bone shuffle’ add the zest that makes this not only a highly recommended CD but a joy to be listening too.